While effusive at times, this manual for women delivers motivational and truly energizing tips.

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A highly inspirational lifestyle guide offers advice to women.

The title of this debut is somewhat misleading. The book is not purely a how-to for aspiring network marketers but rather a manual for empowering women to live life their way. In fact, network marketing itself, while always present in the background, seems secondary to Pollinger’s core message: “As women, we can have what we desire.” The author skillfully uses the guide as a platform for demonstrating how her own professional and personal lives have been enriched by deeply connecting with her feminine self. The “feminine principles” she writes about revolve around four “Seasons of Well-Being”: Discover, Awaken, Transform, and Integrate. Pollinger, a chiropractor-turned–life coach and network marketer, weaves together descriptions of each of these phases as she tells her own story, provides examples, and suggests exercises to complete. She encourages readers to become a “Queen,” an effective code for the confident, vibrant, and empowered woman. The volume consists of six chapters that largely address the emotional side of achieving success. The first chapter, “Wombspace,” unashamedly focuses on the distinct differences between men and women, making a case for the womb as the concentrated center of feminine power. The author writes that a woman’s success in virtually all aspects of life “is achieved 40 percent through what I call ‘wombset,’ 40 percent through mindset, and 20 percent through structure.” Subsequent chapters build on and expand this concept, addressing the needs to feel, be, and create. Network marketing is not overlooked. For example, Pollinger describes the daily rituals she consistently applies and the action steps she takes to triumph in her own network marketing business. A refreshingly candid chapter explores strategies for dealing with the sometimes uneasy relationship women seem to have with earning money. Still, the thrust of the book is to supply a kind of emotional safety net to women. In this regard, the author is the supreme cheerleader, intermittently gushing, egging readers on to strive, succeed, and thrive in all aspects of life. In her view, every woman has the ability to become a “network marketing queen.”

While effusive at times, this manual for women delivers motivational and truly energizing tips.

Pub Date: Jan. 17, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5445-0640-1

Page Count: 158

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

Review Posted Online: Feb. 24, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2020



This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996




An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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